Olympic Tune-up

In late January 1932 the Polish Olympic hockey team arrived in Providence continuing a series of exhibition games in North America prior to the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.  The faced off against the crack amateur aggregation of the R.I. Scarlets at the R.I. Auditorium.  It was a fast, colorful contest with the rugged Polish boys in brilliant red uniforms cheered on by the large majority of the 2700 fans.  The game was played under olympic rules which prohibited forward passing by the attackers at any point in the rink.  This worked some hardship on the Scarlets, all of whose previous games were played under professional rules.  All the goals were scored in the opening period.  The game was not three minutes old before Jimmy Hart, all-around amateur athlete of Providence, put the Scarlets ahead with a splendid unassisted goal.  Poland tied it before Bob Wholey converted a Nat Harty rebound to give the Scarlets the lead again.  Poland would tie the score at 2-2 before going ahead 3-2 for the victory.  Scarlets goalie, Jimmy Allan of Pawtucket, made 28 saves to Poland's Stogowski's 12 saves.  Other Rhode Islander's on the Scarlets in this game were Howie Crins, "Pud" Quirk, Red Gould, Junior Young, and Dan McQueeney.  Poland would finish in 4th place (0-6) among four teams (due to the worldwide Depression) in the 1932 Winter Olympics.